Karen Fricker, Assistant Professor

Interdisciplinary MA in Popular Culture

Karen Fricker, Assistant Professor

Office: TH 136C
Extension: 5780; Email: kfricker@brocku.ca

I'm interested in supervising projects in the areas of globalization and performance; popular music and national/regional identity; globalization, nation, and spectacle; contemporary circus.

BA, MA English, Stanford University
PhD Theatre, Trinity College Dublin

Research Interests:
Contemporary Québec theatre and performance, especially the work of Robert Lepage
The Eurovision Song Contest and the 'New' Europe
The evolution of theatre and arts criticism in the digital age
Contemporary circus

Teaching Areas:
Contemporary theatre and performance theory
20th century theatre history
Theatre criticism

Selected Publications:
Performing the ‘New’ Europe: Identities, Feelings, and Politics in the Eurovision Song Contest. Edited and introduced with Milija Gluhovic. Houndmills: Palgrave, 2013.

'"It's just not funny anymore': Terry Wogan, Melancholy Britain, and the Eurovision Song Contest.' In Performing the ‘New’ Europe: Identities, Feelings, and Politics in the Eurovision Song Contest. Eds Fricker and Gluhovic.

Le goût du risque: de Robert Lepage et du Cirque du Soleil’. L’Annuaire théâtral 45 (2010): 45-68. Translated by Isabelle Savoie.

‘À l’Heure zéro de la culture (dés)unie. Problèmes de représentation dans Zulu Time de Robert Lepage et Ex Machina’ (‘The Zero Hour of Cultural (Dis)-Unity: The Problem of Robert Lepage and Ex Machina’s Zulu Time’). Globe: Revue internationale d’études québécoises. 11.2 (2008): 81-116. Translated by Rémy Charest. Winner of the 2008 Jean-Cléo Godin Award.

‘Robert Lepage.’ The Routledge Companion to Director’s Shakespeare. Edited by John Russell Brown. London: Routledge, 2008. 233-250.



Karen Fricker